Local woman convicted for drug trafficking

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari woman may be facing 19 to 25 years in prison after being convicted Wednesday of a  drug trafficking felony and other drug-related charges by a jury in  Tenth Judicial District Court, Tucumcari, according to Tim Rose, Tenth Judicial district attorney. The jury found the woman, Donna Romero, […]

Texas man killed in accident

QCS Staff A man from Amarillo, Texas, was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon on New Mexico 469 near San Jon. At 5:54 p.m., officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle crash at mile marker 12, south of San Jon,  said Sgt. Chad Pierce, NMSP public […]

Randall Jones sentenced to life for murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia
Defense attorney Michael Rosenfield and his client Randall Jones awaiting the sentencing from Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen K. Quinn Thursday at the Quay County District Court in Tucumcari. Jones was convicted by a jury in May 2014, for the July 9, 2011 murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. Jones was sentenced to life for the 1st degree murder and 10 1/2 additional years to be served consecutively for associated counts in the case.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Randall Jones was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at a hearing in Tenth Judicial District Court for the murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. In addition to the life sentence, special Judge Stephen K. Quinn of the Ninth Judicial District sentenced Jones to 21 years for associated counts […]

Fired Up! event features contests, performances

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen

The four- and five-year-old candidates for the Princess Cari contest are interviewed by Karen Alarcorn (right) of radio station KTNM.  The candidates are from left, Rhiannon Rey-Montoya, Cambry Benevidez, Melanie Otero, Mikiyah Reese and  Malea Mericle. Rhiannon Rey-Montoya won the contest at the Fired Up! event Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 2,000 visitors watched competing blacksmiths, fire dancers and a pottery maker, among other attractions and demonstrations at the fourth annual Fired Up! event from 4 p.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday. As with previous Fired Up! events, the focal point of the downtown Tucumcari event was the Tucumcari Train […]

Rainfall brings harvests, cheer and caution

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com This fall, Quay County farmers who receive irrigation water from the Arch Hurley Conservancy District will be harvesting their first irrigated crops of corn, hay grazer feed, sunflowers, milo and alfalfa since 2010. “The rains over the spring have provided the moisture needed to start crops and has fed […]

EDC members reminded of need to promote Tucumcari

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Commissioner John Mihm urged fellow members of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Commission board of directors at their September meeting  to take promotional literature about Quay County with them when they travel out of town. When he attended an out-of-town convention recently, he said, he took some […]

Commission gives final approval to construct water line

The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday gave final approval to an ordinance releasing $2.2 million to build a  water transmission pipeline from the well fields at Five Mile Park into Tucumcari. The money comes from the New Mexico Finance Authority and the state’s Water Trust Board. The new line will replace a transmission line that was […]

Mesalands gets career education grant

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College will receive more than $553,600 in federal funding designed to  provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help adults advance into high-wage careers, according to a news according to a joint news release from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (both D-N.M.) The funding is part […]

Mesalands Stampede Week events climax with rodeo

Special to QCS TUCUMCARI, NM- Mesalands Community College has invited the entire community to get involved with Stampede Week from Monday to Oct. 11. Stampede Week activities are designed to celebrate the Seventh Annual Mesalands Community College Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Rodeo.  The rodeo will be held Oct. 10-11 at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. […]

Fourth building in a month destroyed by suspicious fire in Tucumcari

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots at an abandoned house that burned to the ground Friday night on the 800 block of East Main Street. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said there were two fires set at abandoned buildings Friday night, bringing the total of suspicious fires in Tucumcari up to five in the past month.

QCS Staff An abandoned house at East Main and South Dawson streets, Tucumcari, was destroyed and a second abandoned building damaged in suspicious fires Friday night, according to Larry Rigdon, Tucumcari Fire Chief. Rigdon said Friday night’s fires bring the total of suspicious fires in the city within one month to five.  While firefighters were […]